Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool seeks to create a stimulating and enriching educational environment for each and every child.
We are devoted to helping children learn socialization skills, building their self-confidence and teaching them the preliminary skills to explore and experience the world independently from their parents.
In addition, we seek to ignite a spark in each child to lay claim to her or his Jewish heritage and commit him or her to a lifetime passion for learning.

Monday, February 29, 2016

HaShavuah - Nevonim

News from Nevonim!
We hung up our q-tip paintings in the kitah. Quite the gallery!
We transplanted some potted flowers and sprouted seeds to the play yard garden, and they are thriving in the sunshine. We made apple juice with Ofra's juicer and it was sweet and delicious! Judy attended a workshop at Urban Adamah and learned more about worm composting and preschool ways to explore the outdoors Jewishly. We are gentle with our worm friends/tza'ar baalei chayim. 
     Music! We began exploring the theme of instruments as the month of Adar carries us toward Purim! On Friday, Vered's sons Nico and Seba played their violins for us, demonstrating many variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with their teacher, using the Suzuki method. We heard new words like pizicatto, 
​, and v
iola. Lightly Row was recognized as Yonatan haKatan! On Monday, Rabbi Kelman showed us and played both his standard clarinet and large bass clarinet. We learned the words for some of the parts, like reed, bell, and mouthpiece. He even played The Itsy Bitsy Spider for us! Judy brought in her flute to share with us on TuesdayOfra brought her three string instruments--a soprano and baritone ukulele, and guitar.
     We have been making shakers!   "Drum sets" have been assembled out of chairs and classroom drums, and Ruth and the kids made a rain stick from a cardboard tube, screws, and beads. We read Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop by Chris Raschka and then we listened to a CD of his music.
  The children have been putting on aprons and pretending to be teachers lately, requesting teacher pens and notepads to write notes.
 Whew! What a joyful and musical week. Shabbat Shalom u'mevorach.
Judy, Ruth, and Ofra

HaShavoayim - Nachshonim

HaShvoayim - Nachshonim
February 27th, 2016 - Adar I 18th, 5776 - י״ח בַּאֲדָר א׳ תשע״ו

Highlights from our last two weeks:

*  Art - we used marble, corks and magazines, painting, ripping and gluing

*  We made smoothies using the food processor and we drank them at snack time

*  Ants came to visit our ladybugs so we released them all into nature
*  Last Friday Nico and Seba (vered’s kids) came to our school and gave us a Violin recital.  They spent the rest of the day playing with us

*  This week we enjoyed playing supermarket at the pretend play area

Zuma, Shiloh’s dog came to visit us.  We fed her treats and threw the ball for her to fetch

@ the sensory table we played with:
- Chalk, food graters and paint brushes
- Toilet paper rolls, marbles and tape
- Sawdust and conesshavoayim
- Rubber mulch with wild animals 

Some of the books we're reading:

10 Little Lady Bugs
Creepy Crawly Calypso
Ayelet Metaylet
Bo Elai Parpar Nechmad
Chica, Chica, 1,2,3
I’m as quick as a cricket
Alef Bet

We hope you’re having a joyful weekend

Anna, Simone and Vered

Monday, February 22, 2016

Hashavuah She'avar/Last week - Nevonim

Shalom Kulam,
We are happy to share with you some of the things that we have been up to in the Nevonim kitah this last week. 

The children continue to paint with Q-tips. They have helped frame their work and we are now in the process of hanging them on the wall. 

-We observed magnolia blossoms on a giant branch brought in from Ofra's yard.
-We discussed rain, thunder, and lightning. Judy taught the blessing said upon hearing thunder, sheh'kocho ug'vurato maleh olam/ Blessed are You whose power fills the earth.
-We went outdoors to our neighborhood parks the last two weeks. We visited Berkeley MiniPark where we found ladybugs, Becca showed us how to make daisy chains, and we climbed, ran, and dug in the sand. This week, we visited Strawberry Creek Park with the company of Lucinda. Thank you, parent volunteers! The children truly love excursions. 
-We have been measuring our "beanstalk." We will soon transplant it outdoors. Some students' baggie-in-the-window seeds have sprouted and those were carefully placed into soil.

Bakitah/In the classroom
-We juiced oranges and tangerines.
-After a long break, we made our own challah dough again.
-We explored a miniature model of the Aron haBrit, the Ark carried through the wilderness which held the 10 Commandment tablets.
-We had an interesting discussion at circle time about the Hebrew word "Aron", which has multiple meanings. We now know that in Hebrew, there is an aron for the ten commandments, in the santuary there is an aron for our Torahs, in our homes we have an aron for clothing, and in the classroom we have one for our classroom materials! 

Kley Negina/Instruments
-We have brought our cymbals out to the play yard. They are too loud for indoors.
-We stretched rubber bands around boxes, both big and small, to explore how the strings of an instrument work. We talked about strings instruments and we spent some time at circle time naming some of them. We were preparing ourselves for...(read below)
-We had a very special visit from three violinists! Vered's children, Nico and Seba were accompanied by their violin instructor. They performed for both the Nevonim and the Nachshonim. They put on a very captivating show. 

We have already had a busy Monday, we look forward to sharing more with you soon.

Shavuah Tov!
Ruth, Ofra, and Judy